Father’s Day takes place on 20 June and, whether you’re yet to reunite or have seen yours every weekend since restrictions eased, this year’s is bound to be a special one. And how better to celebrate than with delicious food and great wine? Keen to capitalise on the first real event since reopening, the capital’s finest restaurants are going the extra mile this Father’s Day with a range of eat-in and finish-at-home menus spanning cuisines from fine dining Chinese to classic roasts. Here are some of our favourites…
Cult steak house Hawksmoor has teamed up with Johnnie Walker whisky to create a memorable at-home dining experience this Father’s Day. Available for nationwide delivery, the Ultimate Father’s Day Box is designed for two to share and includes Old Spot belly ribs and slaw, a 35 day dry-aged Porterhouse steak, chips, creamed spinach, peppercorn sauce and garlic mushrooms, with sticky toffee pudding and clotted cream to finish. But what would a steak be without something delicious to wash it down with? Each kit also comes with a bottle of Hawksmoor Old Fashioned, made using Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, as well as two Ginza Highball canoed cocktails. Cheers!
Afternoon tea may be your go-to for Mothering Sunday but why should dads miss out on the decadence and delicacies? This Father’s Day, Mayfair's The Athenaeum hotel has designed a special savoury afternoon tea paired with Chalkdown cider perfect for fathers not content with finger sandwiches and scones. Served in the hotel’s restaurant or elegant salon, a selection of sandwiches, tartlets, rolls and cheese scones make for a unusual take on the classic British afternoon tea.
Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Hide is putting on a serious gourmet spread in honour of Father’s Day – making it the perfect destination for foodie fathers. Kick things off with the restaurant’s signature Whiskey Business cocktail (Teeling small batch with pear, Cocchi Americano and Gammel Dansk) to enjoy over starters including scorched mackerel with tabbouleh and melon or a salad of mixed greens, gooseberries, white miso, avocado and yuzu dressing. Mains are in Hide’s classic modern European mode and include Brixham crab with garlic and parsley and beef rib served with crispy potato cakes, crushed green herbs and grilled onions, while there’s also a choice of warm acorn cake with smoked caramel, strawberries and cream or cheeseboard for dessert.
Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant group Hakkasan has been one of the stars of the finish-at-home phenomenon and, for Father’s Day, it’s pulling out all the stops with a collaboration with Hadid Caviar. Serving two and packed in a sleek black box complete with incense and a dim sum steamer, the menu includes Hakkasan’s signature Peking duck with pancakes, dim sum platter, spicy prawns, Hakka noodles and baby broccoli with an indulgent chocolate souffle for pudding. Opt to add a tin of Hadid’s silver caviar to your order and treat your dad to a recreation of the restaurant’s famed Peking duck with caviar served in the comfort of his own home.
Home by Nico
Another chef that has adapted well to the pandemic-instigated home fine dining scene is Nico Simeone, who was one of the first to begin turning out delectable finish-at-home kits via his Home by Nico brand. And it seems demand is still going strong with his Father’s Day box proving an irresistible gift. Created for two to share and available to pre-order for delivery on 18 June, the kit features dishes including Pistou soup and herb crusted rack of lamb with Parmentier potato salad and roast vegetables. There’s also a cheese course and raspberry and crème fraîche cheesecake, all paired with a bottle of wine to complete the experience. We guarantee he’ll be suitably impressed.
The Gladwin Brothers
Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin, proprietors of Sussex in Soho, Nutbourne in Battersea and Rabbit in Chelsea, will be offering an upscale take on the classic Sunday roast at all three of their London venues this Father’s Day. Keeping the emphasis on the restaurants’ farm-to-fork ethos and celebration of seasonal ingredients, the Sundays on the Farm menu begins with langoustine tails followed by high-welfare roast British beef with seasonal vegetable and ‘skyscraper’ Yorkshire puddings, with a salted caramel chocolate torte to finish. Treat him to a bottle of something rich and full-bodied to go with it and you’ll have the favourite offspring award in the bag.
Provenance Village Butcher
Provenance’s locations across the capital were hugely popular pre-pandemic but, during lockdown, it became the online destination for low intervention, pasture reared and free range meat. Delivering to most London postcodes, Provenance has put together a sumptuous barbecue box for Father’s Day, which is perfect for dads who love nothing more than to put the world to rights over hot charcoals. Serving 4-6, the box features a 900g ribeye steak on the bone, two Galician beef burgers, two Maverick beef burgers, brioche buns, a selection of sausages, two lamb chops, a rack of bourbon-marinated pork ribs and two satay chicken skewers, along with an array of sides including corn on the box, pancetta mac and cheese, crisps, BBQ sauce and ketchup. And if that hefty list doesn’t sound like quite enough, a range of optional extras, including Wagyu ribeye steak, T-bone steak, craft beers and bottled cocktails, are also available.
If the thought of tucking into a hearty roast amidst June’s (hopefully) balmy temperatures sounds counterintuitive, how does a Wagyu and Kobe beef feasting platter sounds instead? Creative by chef Padam Raj Rai and available at Hot Stone’s two venues in Fitzrovia and Angel, the limited edition platter features a selection of premium grade A4 Japanese, Australian Wagyu and certified rare Kobe beef, all of which is cooked at your table over volcanic rock hot stones. Dinner and a show? We think you’re on to a winner.